KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESIONS: DESIGN.

Kata i4 first impressions; pre-order starts January 2, 2015

 

As soon as we’ve got hold of the latest flagship from Kata Digital, we are in awe of the Kata i4 superb design, so far among the Kata smartphone lines. And at last, Kata produced an entirely different specs and look embodied on Kata i4.

KATA I4 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.
KATA I4 UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS.

Let’s start with the design

We cannot call it sleek but Kata i4 is stylishly designed and has evolved from the usual look of its predecessors and we are thankful that it was produced as it should be. At 144.5mm in length, 71.5mm in width, 6.5mm thickness, and 161g in weight, Kata i4 is slightly similar to Kata i3s with little details upgraded for the convenience of the user. The bezel design of Kata i4 looks like an off-shoot of Kata M2 with a much bigger speaker grill, both front and back. All sidings are in metal and Kata i4 have a slightly curved back surface.

KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESIONS: DESIGN.
KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESIONS: DESIGN.
KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: DESIGN.
KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: DESIGN.

Display and Camera

The 5-inch IPS HD gives a much clearer and crisp graphic with bright colors perfect for photos, videos, and gaming experience.

As we toyed around Kata i4, we’ve also discovered its great camera feature that comes from its KitKat OS version. Two-finger sensor easily captures the subject without pressing the camera button for extra ease and accessibility.

Details of the image captured by the 16 MP rear and 8 MP front are far better than the other brands we have reviewed so far.

As of now, we are loving Kata i4. Check out our user review here.

KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: DISPLAY.
KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: DISPLAY.

Specs

To think that Kata i4 is packed with MTK 6592 Octa Core processor and 1.7GHz chipset, 2GB RAM, and massive storage of 32GB internal storage is already amazing. And you know what? Kata Philippines is giving 35GB online storage for free upon pre-ordering Kata i4 starting January 2, 2015. That’s a lot of storage, guys.

Price

We have mentioned in our previous blog that the price will be a little over but not less than Php 9,000++. Our guess was somehow correct. Kata i4 is available for only Php 9,799 when you pre-order and it comes with a free power bank.

Battery

Being it an octa core smartphone, we all expecting for a bigger battery, right? To be honest, Kata i4 has 2300mAh built-in battery up to its sleeve. It could be a major issue, mostly for hardcore users, but on the lighter side, this makes the built less heavier and difficult to carry.

NFC ready and enabled

Now what surprised us even more is when we discovered that Kata i4 is NFC (near-field communication) ready and enabled. Perhaps, this is the breakthrough we are waiting for. A smartphone capable of NFC. And we can’t believed it at first until we tried sharing photos with another NFC enabled phone and we’ve got our first beam successful! Wow!

KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: NFC READY.
KATA I4 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: NFC READY.

This is the future and Kata is moving with it, forward.

Did you like our Kata i4 first impressions? Let us know what you think of the latest Kata device.

Below are sample shots (SOOC) from Kata i4. Thanks for visiting!

KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).
KATA I4 SAMPLE SHOTS (SOOC).

Here are our latest and first day 2015 photos captured by Kata i4!

We set the White Balance at Daylight, ISO at 100, and Exposure at 0.

CAPTURED BY KATA I4 (SOOC).
CAPTURED BY KATA I4 (SOOC).

Here, White Balance set at Cloudy, ISO at 100, and Exposure at 0.

CAPTURED BY KATA I4 (SOOC).
CAPTURED BY KATA I4 (SOOC).

White Balance here set at Daylight, ISO 100, and Exposure at 0.

CAPTURED BY KATA I4 (SOOC).
CAPTURED BY KATA I4 (SOOC).

 

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25 thoughts on “Kata i4 first impressions; pre-order starts January 2, 2015

    1. Thanks Justine for visiting our blog. Just updated our article and included some photos for you to take a look at. The last shot was captured using the front camera.

      Happy New Year!

       
    1. Hi Mel. We don’t exactly have the info yet but in Hong Kong, pre-ordering has began already. You might want to check out Kata Taiwan FB page for additional info. We hope it’ll be available there too because i4 is really awesome!

      Happy New Year!

       
  1. im a real fan of kata phone. from my phone venus to f1 and now seeing this new kata model i really wanted to have this one.

     
    1. Hi Richard! If you’re up for mass storage and NFC compatibility, Kata i4 won’t get you disappointed. It’s a total entertainment experience super HD and high megapixels for cameras.

      Happy New Year! Thanks for visiting. :)

       
    1. Hi Carlo. Check Kata Philippines for details on his to pre-order your Kata i4. Tomorrow, Jan. 2 will be the first day of pre-ordering Kata i4.

      Happy New Year!

       
  2. may kasama na po b syang casing or flip cover pag bumili tnx advance
    or anu pa po ang mga freebies kc may i3 na po aqoe gusto qoe na po magpalit para kay i4,,

     
  3. kata i4 is the best. gosh it’s a little expensive for a student like me but then i think it’s worth it. btw how long will it take if i pre-order? thanks :)

     
  4. Your review is good, but after my personal experience, I now wonder if my unit is defective.

    1. Unit gets hot so fast after 5 mins of playing a high resolution game.
    2. Camera is not that clear. It’s a clear shot if the subject is near or closeup.
    3. I’m already experiencing touch sensor problems.
    4. The back case is already loose (upper right portion)
    5. Wifi connectivity problems.

    By the way, my unit is not abused and it’s less than 2 months old.

     
    1. Hi Randolf,

      First of all, thank you for your comment and sharing your experience with the Kata i4 and acknowledging our review here.

      Regarding your unit’s performance, I am wondering of other Kata i4 owners if they are also experience what you are experiencing right now.

      I am using the Kata i4 and to tell you honestly, I was adamant of battery life performance before because of the 2300mAh capacity but I am surprised that I can use my unit almost the whole day, using as primary phone, data, and occasional video and photography. Though extensive use will really put a toll on the battery.

      I was also doubting of the heat issue but as far as my Kata i4 is concern, I’m not having heat problem with it.

      In your case, 5 mins of playing high resolution game should not make the unit gets so hot that fast. But if you have been using the phone for a day then use it for gaming after, that might be the reason for the heat issue.

      Regarding the camera, have you tried adjusting the settings, ISO, exposure, etc.?

      Your back case is already loose? How come? Have you dropped it? Because the back case can not be removed, that would be another question.

      I have read somewhere that some units do experience wifi connectivity problems. If it persists, you could bring it to a Kata dealer near you to check it out.

      I’m not sure saying your unit is defective but to compare with the unit I am using, it looks like you need to bring yours to Kata store and let them check it out.

      I hope my answers did a lot of help. You can come back anytime here to update us if your phone has still some issues or if you’ve got it fixed.

      Thanks! :)

       
      1. Thank you so much for your reply. Your experience totally contradicts to mine..

        Loose back case – I take care of this cellphone like a baby, never dropped or bumped.. I also wonder why the back case suddenly became loose.

        It gets hot fast – I tried so many tests and results are 100% accurate.. I tried not using the phone for hours, killed all apps, etc. Played it for 5 mins with my super high resolution game WWE Immortals and viola! phone feels like a cup of coffee in just 5 mins or less. Also experiencing this with other games like Clash of clans..

        Camera – I believe all camera phones has it’s default setting with no adjustments required. You only adjust it if necessary. A normal shot should not require adjustments. It will be a tidious work for a user to adjust it each use, it’s not a DSLR. Camera phones are expected to be similar with point and shoot cameras..

         
        1. I am with you for all that troubles you’re experiencing but all I can suggest is for you to bring it to Kata service. I guess the warranty for your i4 is still valid and you haven’t done anything that will void the warranty.

          I’m still confused what made your back casing to loose since its non-removable.

          Anyways, I hope you’ll get your unit fixed soon so you can enjoy the Kata i4 wholly.

          Oh regarding the camera, yes its not a dslr, but most of the latest amartphone needs some adjusting for better result, the way like a manual shooting patterned to a dslr camera.

          Thanks again for your comments, Randolf!

           
      2. One more thing Sir.. My wifi problems was cured by reformating the phone, KATA cust care advised that.. But it created more problems.. My phone is already unsync with touch.. No need to go into details, I guess you know how it looks or feels to have touch problems.. Very irritating.. :)

         
  5. PERMISSION TO POST MY CONCERN ABOUT KATA…KAYO NA PO ANG HUMUSGA… I2 PO UNG CHAT NMIN WITH KATA CS REP ABOUT MY CONCERN… Gud am! ask ko lng kung pwede ko papalitan ung battery ng Kata I3L ko sa pinagbilhan ko sa KATA Booth SM Cyberzone Marikina since under waranty p kc last May 19, 2016 lng po binili? Since August napasin ko n po mabilis malobat khit full-charge wala 1 Hour ginamit. The phone was really good but last Sept 1 nung tignan ko ung battery ko I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED sa quality ng battery when I found out n MAY BATTERY DEFFECT na dahil lomobo n po sya and when I tried to put it back di na po sya fit sa phone di na masara ung back housing cover? Please kindly response on my inquiry immediately before my warranty ends. For info at 9:00AM UP TO THIS MOMENT THERE’S NO ANY PERSON ANSWERING ON YOUR HOTLINE NUMBER PROVIDED (02) 7065395 local 2900… Thx a lot!
    Like · Reply · 4 hrs

    Ronald: THIS RESPONSE IS NOT TRUELY UNFAIR TO YOUR CUSTOMERS….. We apologize. However, we do not have a Kata Whiz Center in Marikina. For faster transaction of your concern, we suggest you bring it to our Kata Whiz Centers.
    12:09PM
    Ronald: MY POINT IS… BAKIT DI KO ITO PWEDE PAPALITAN SA BINILHAN KO TO THINK N D2 P AKO S MARIKINA? NAPAKA INCONVENIENT NMAN S MGA KATULAD KONG CUSTOMER NYO ANG DADAYO PA NG IBANG LUGAR PARA SA I-REQUEST NA PALITAN ANG BATTERY AT PARANG WALA PANG KASIGURADUHAN KUNG MAPAPALITAN? NAPAKA-UNFAIR NYO NAMAN!!!
    WELL IF I WILL SPENT ALMOST 500 PESOS 4 A TAXI FARE CONSIDERING THE TRAFFIC & THE OTHER INCONVINIENCE REQUESTING 4 BATTERY REPLACEMENT WITH UNCERTAIN RESPOND ON MY KATA DEFFECTIVE BATTERY WELL NEVER MIND… I SUGGEST THAT IT WILL BE BETTER 4 U TO SIMPLY STRAIGHT ME UP & SAID THAT I SHOULD BOUGHT A NEW 1 OR BETTER YET I WILL PROBABLY BUY NEW & BETTER PHONE WITH MUCH ACCESSIBLE & RESPONSIVE TO THIS KIND OF CONCERN… IF U THINK THAT THIS WAS ONLY A LITTLE ISSUE BUT THIS WILL MAKE A BIG IMPACT 4 YOUR SUCCESS IF YOU RESPOND TO THIS POSSITIVELY… KUNG BATTERY LANG NAMAN ANG PROBLEMA NA TULAD NITO WHY NOT GAWING NYONG EASY AT AVAILABLE ANG MGA REPLACEMENT SA LAHAT NG INYONG MGA STORES NATIONWIDE. SURELY THIS WILL MAKE YOU DIFFERENT & VERY FRIENDLY COMPANY COMPAIRED TO OTHERS… THX & GUD LUCK!!!

    Ronald: NAPAKA-UNFAIR ITO S AMIN N SUMUSUGAL NA BUMILI NG DI GAANONG KILALANG PHONE HOPING WITH A FAIR QUALITY LIKE SAMSUNG, LENOVO, ASUS & OTHER WELL KNOWN PHONES IN THE MARKET!!! I SAY AGAIN IF I WILL SPENT ALMOST 500 PESOS (ONE-WAY) 4 A TAXI FARE CONSIDERING THE TRAFFIC & THE OTHER INCONVINIENCE REQUESTING 4 BATTERY REPLACEMENT WITH UNCERTAIN RESPOND ON MY KATA DEFFECTIVE BATTERY WELL NEVER MIND… I SUGGEST THAT IT WILL BE BETTER 4 U TO SIMPLY STRAIGHT ME UP & SAID THAT I SHOULD BOUGHT A NEW 1 OR BETTER YET I WILL PROBABLY BUY NEW & BETTER QUALITY BATTERY & PHONE WITH MUCH ACCESSIBLE & RESPONSIVE TO THIS KIND OF CONCERN… IF U THINK THAT THIS WAS ONLY A LITTLE ISSUE BUT THIS WILL MAKE A BIG IMPACT 4 YOUR SUCCESS IF YOU RESPOND TO THIS POSSITIVELY… KUNG BATTERY LANG NAMAN ANG PROBLEMA NA TULAD NITO WHY NOT GAWING NYONG EASY AT AVAILABLE ANG MGA REPLACEMENT SA LAHAT NG INYONG MGA STORES NATIONWIDE. SURELY THIS WILL MAKE YOU DIFFERENT & VERY FRIENDLY MUCH BETTER COMPANY COMPAIRED TO OTHERS… THX & GUD LUCK!!!

     

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